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Lesson of the Swing

Lesson of the Swing

lesson swing


The swing is empty more than not these days as my little girls are now in their tween and teen years. Every now and then I’ll look in the back yard and see a back and forth motion. As I watch the lulling repetitive sway, I’m reminded of the lesson – The Lesson of the Swing.

Read more at Whole Family Strong where I sometimes sit and visit for awhile.


Ministry of the Lawn Mower Man

Church is not a building.

Church is not a pastor.

Church is God’s people joining together.

Church is family.

God is redesigning what church is in my life.


Today a man loaded a lawn mower into an old van and met a friend at a church member’s house.

They mowed her lawn.

She tried to pay for the work. The amount she offered was a sacrifice, yet she gladly insisted.

The lawn mower man simply said, “This is my ministry.”

The work continued joyfully.

Being Jesus to someone doesn’t just mean preaching the Word or holding a prayer meeting.

Being Jesus to someone can come in the form of sweat and dirt and a lawn mower.


That is our ministry.

And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me. Matthew 25: 40

Strength in the Struggle – When You Don’t Quit!

Last week I confessed how I usually give up some goals when I fall behind. That night, not only did I see the value in reading God’s Word, I saw the value in not giving up. I also noticed the value of not giving up in another area.


strength struggle

I’ve shared with you before about my daughter’s struggle.

We’ve worked hard.

Last week, when we read the Bible together, she wanted a turn to read. She picked up the heavy family Bible, raised her voice, and read. Boldly. It wasn’t a children’s Bible. There were lots of hard words. She didn’t quit when she faltered. Frustration stayed away. She read. And read. And read. Verse after verse. Truth after truth. She read.

She showed me strength in the struggle.

It was beautiful.

I’m so thankful we didn’t give up.

About This Time I Usually Give Up

We started reading the Bible as a family this year. Our plan was to read the New Testament. Things went really well until life got crazy.


We didn’t read the Bible as a family for almost the whole month of March.

About this time I usually give up.

Throw in the towel.


But not this time.

It just so happens that our scheduled reading for the month of March was the book of Mark.Our choices were to stop altogether, double up on reading, or pick up where the schedule is today. The weight of feeling behind dragged me down. We decided to pick up today’s schedule. We’ll go back to Mark another time.

It’s not ideal to skip devotions. When the decision is to quit or skip, sometimes skipping is the better option. As long as you are in the Word.

We picked back up in Luke.

Tonight we read. It felt good to be back. Well… there were a few moments.*ahem*  We’ll call it consequences of our skipping. The kids regressed – sitting respectfully needed a few reminders.

But we’re back!

And it feels good!

Do you have any goals you’re ready to quit? Hang in there.

Too busy to crochet is just too busy…

My yarn calls to me. I’m behind in the challenge I’m doing. In the evenings, my hands are too tired and my mind too preoccupied to crochet. During the day, chores, laundry, and cooking call to me and I feel too guilty to do anything to relax.

too busy

That needs to change.

When I’m too busy for the little things, I’m too busy.

The moment I stopped having time to crochet, I also stopped having time to read and pray.

Funny how things like that go hand in hand.

If you ask my family…

I’ve probably also been a bit grouchier.

(so don’t ask them, ‘k? Thanks!)

My goals for tomorrow –

slow down




enjoy the little things.

Of course, that’s after homeschooling, cleaning, blogging, and cooking. (except the read and pray part. That needs to be first. Ok. That needs to be ALL day.)

What do you do to relax?

A Lesson in Faith

Today I’m visiting Whole Family Strong with a lesson about Faith. Stop by!!

Failure and Zechariah 3

“I’m a failure.

Complete. Failure.”

Do these thoughts repeat in your head? Does a laundry list of mishaps, errors, and poor judgment seem to stretch a mile long?

For me it does. Those are my words too.

When thoughts of failure run rampant, stealing my identity, I live defeated.

The more I hear the lies, the more I think them. The more I think them, the more I believe them. The more I believe them, the more I live them. The more I live them, the more defeated I feel, which causes me to believe the lies on a deeper level.

It’s not the truth.

Zechariah 3

Why do I often fall for the enemy’s schemes? God lead me to Zechariah chapter 3. Let me just say “WOW.”

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments. And the angel said to those who were standing before him, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And to him he said, “Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure vestments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord was standing by.

And the angel of the Lord solemnly assured Joshua, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts… and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day.”

Soak in the vision for a minute.

When we listen to the lies and accusations of the evil one, we put on our filthy clothes. And hold them tight around us. Believer – you have already been washed! Our iniquity is away from us. But we stop seeing ourselves as forgiven and we walk in our past sins. Even the ones we’ve confessed and put away. That is guilt. (not from God.)

Throw off the filthy rags and allow the courts of heaven to clothe you with clean garments.

When you feel unworthy to lead, even your family, don’t ask yourself if you are worthy or where your failure status is currently – ask yourself,

“Am I walking in God’s ways?”

Embrace the robe and headdress – the garments of the high priest. *The headdress was inscribed with “Holy to the Lord.”

Wear it proudly.

Because you are.

Holy to the Lord.

Not a failure.

Now walk it.

Believe it.

Live it.

Because HE is enough. He is not a failure.

And neither are you.

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